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Oklahoma SPJ recognizes my stories with three first-place awards

By Bobby Ross Jr.

I was honored to receive six awards — including first place in three categories — in the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists’ annual contest.

Winners were announced Saturday night at an awards banquet in Midwest City, recognizing content produced in 2018. (I was unable to attend due to a prior commitment.)

The Christian Chronicle and Religion News Service compete in Division A, which includes metro dailies such as The Oklahoman and the Tulsa World as well as the statewide nonprofit Oklahoma Watch.

My award-winning stories:

First Place, Election Reporting, for “In red-state Oklahoma, marijuana ballot question splits people of faith” (Religion News Service)

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First Place, Diversity Reporting, for “Tears and fears: Church teen killed by Arkansas police” (The Christian Chronicle)

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First Place, Feature Writing, for “When God wants your kidney” (The Christian Chronicle)

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Second Place, Diversity Reporting, for “Glitz and a surprise guest at the prom for those who often don’t get to go” (Religion News Service)

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Third Place, Election Reporting, for “Interfaith service blesses Oklahoma Democrat Kendra Horn for her new role in Congress” (Religion News Service)

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Third Place, General News Reporting, for “Cult leader? ‘Sinful Messiah’? 25 years after Waco, interest in David Koresh still strong,” with sidebar “Waco tragedy and David Koresh’s beliefs still haunt former FBI agent” (Religion News Service)

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My stories honored with eight ACP ‘Best of the Church Press’ awards for 2018

My profile of disaster relief truck driver places first in two national contests

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